Tuesday, April 19, 2011

songs for staying in

On the heals of the last mix, which was sort of modern classical, comes another neo-classical type mix.

I started collecting tunes for this mix after I heard Alva Noto's "Argonaut Version" in a Quiet Sounds mix. I like that song & wanted it to find a home in a mix.

Speaking of Quiet Sounds, there are some excellent mixes available for download there. I wish Brian would crank them out more often.

I stole the title for this mix from a song by The Tumbled Sea, which is next to last in the mix. It just sounded like a good title & it fit with the crappy weather we've been having here.

The mix ends with a sort syrupy tune from Anthony Phillips. It may be a bit too sweet but it's one of those tunes that I have always liked, goes back to college days. I don't know if I was hearing it for the first time now, whether I would like it as much. I'm sure a big part of the song's attraction is it's nostalgic significance. Anthony Phillips is the original guitarist for Genesis and back in high school & college I was a HUGE Genesis fan. Actually I still am, but that was how I came to Phillips' music back then. It was nice to sneak that track into a mix.

Make some tea or coffee & enjoy "songs for staying in".

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T R A C K L I S T :

Friday, April 01, 2011

undiscovered soundtrack

I love soundtracks. And if you look at the tracklist for this mix, you'll see that I have a few favorite composers.

At the top of that list are Clint Mansell & Cliff Martinez. They are responsible for two of my favorite soundtracks,
The Fountain & Solaris.

Jon Hopkins, a new composer on the soundtrack scene, could soon join those two as a favorite. His soundtrack for the movie
Monsters, got a lot of play here. I ended up using three tracks from that album in this mix, I just couldn't resist.

Actually I doubled up a few artists in this mix, Martinez, Hopkins, Sigur Ros, Nick & Warren Ellis, Underworld. Normally I don't like to do that but it just sort of happened that way. This is a relatively short mix but I think it works. Sometimes I don't make it to the end of some mixes, this way hopefully listeners are still in to it & focused at the end.

Enjoy this "undiscovered soundtrack".

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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Clint Mansell - Winter Ghosts of a Future (Requiem for a Dream)
  • 01:45    Jon Hopkins - Candles (Monsters)
  • 03:35    Cliff Martinez - And We're Here to Listen (Traffic)
  • 05:15    Thomas Newman - Still Dead (American Beauty)
  • 07:55    Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - The Road (The Road)
  • 11:30    Underworld & John Murphy - Searle Finds the Crew of Icarus (Sunshine)
  • 12:20    Explosions in the Sky - An Ugly Fact of Life (Friday Nigh Lights)
  • 14:10    Sigur Ros - síðasta ferð (hlemmur)
  • 16:33    Craig Armstrong - Main Theme (The Clearing)
  • 17:40    Ennio Morricone - Tema di Ali (The Battle of Algiers)
  • 21:32    John Zorn - Family Found(cello) (Family Found(Filmworks XII))
  • 23:50    Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Micro Sucker (White Lunar)
  • 24:25    Underworld - Capa's Last Transmission Home (Sunshine)
  • 26:10    Sigur Ros - fyrsta ferð (hlemmur)
  • 28:25    Hilmar Hilmarsson - I Flew (Angels of the Universe)
  • 30:25    Cliff Martinez - First Drive Home (First Snow)
  • 30:50    Jon Hopkins - Water (Monsters)
  • 31:55    James Newton Howard - I'm Sorry (I am Legend)
  • 33:50    Jon Hopkins - Campfire (Monsters)
  • 36:11 end